FOR nearly a decade, Abel Legodi shared a bed with his wife Jacobeth, not knowing they had been legally divorced!
On Monday Abel got the shock of his life when he discovered Jacobeth had divorced him in 2010 and changed her surname at the home affairs department!
The 54-year-old from Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, said his wife of 26 years had broken his heart.
“I was at work when I received a decree of divorce letter saying I was divorced in absentia because I ran away from her years ago,” said Abel. “She told the courts we had not been together since 2005, which was a lie.”
Abel said when he confronted his wife she confirmed she had divorced him and said it was because he was irresponsible and abusive.
He said they fought a lot over the fact that he spent most of his time in Mpumalanga, where he worked as a bus driver for a mining company. Jacobeth told Daily Sun: “He is dishonest and a serial cheater.
“Whenever he goes to work, he gets a girlfriend and engages in sexual activities. Several times I have found condoms in his pockets.”
Jacobeth said Abel often came home after midnight or even as late as dawn.
“Even if I needed him, he would push me away and face the other side of the bed,” she said.
An attorney said it is unlikely that divorce could happen without a partner being issued a decree of divorce. He said once a divorce had been completed by the court, it’s a long process to undo.